MONTREAL, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Raelian Movement has just laid hand
on two versions of the regulations of the Delta Transformers plant in Granby
and is in a position to confirm that these were outright changed in order to
justify sanctions against the Raelian Jean-François Bergeron.
In the January, 2005 version one can read this:
"The posting of documents of religious, indecent, racial or other
nature is forbidden."
In the January, 2008 version, we see that the rule was amended:
"The posting of documents or the wearing clothes of religious,
discriminating, sexual, indecent, racial or other nature is
Mr. Bergeron was dismissed on January 26, 2009 for wearing a T-shirt that
said, "There is no God - www.rael.org".
This regulation, which forbids the wearing of clothes of religious nature,
is totally discriminating. Not only is it contrary to the Charter of Human
Rights and Freedoms, but also to article 3.01 of the Collective labor
agreement of that plant:
The employer and the company union agree that no employee will be
subjected to discrimination or intimidation because of his belonging
or not to the company union, because of his skin color, his sex, his
religion, his affiliation to a lawful political party, for any other
motive protected by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, or for
any other motive as to psychological harassment foreseen by labor
Once more one may ask why the Métallos labor union never raised these
points when the time came to dismiss Mr. Bergeron. Why did the labor union not
contest this discriminatory regulation and allowed it to be posted and
enforced against a unionized employee? To all these questions, the Métallos
labor union will have to answer, as its role is to defend its members and to
apply their Collective labor agreement.
One must not forget that if Mr. Bergeron had not been Raelian but rather
a member of the Jewish, Catholic or Buddhist religion, never the employers of
the Delta Transformers firm would have taken the liberty of changing the
regulations of their plant to dismiss him. The Raelian Movement believes that
if a Jew wore the Kippa, if a Catholic wore a sweater on which was written:
"God exists", the employer would never have accepted the complaints the way it
has for Mr. Bergeron. And naturally, the labor union would never have let such
discriminating gestures exist. So why do they allow it with a Raelian?
Other demonstrations are planned to denounce these discriminatory
gestures and to force the authorities in charge of defending the rights of Mr.
Bergeron to do their job.
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For further information: For interview, contact: Stella, (514) 793-3126